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The battle against flooding in Thailand continues  (Source: Reuters)
Thailand continues to suffer from major flooding, which is having a major impact on the PC industry

PC sales are under continued pressure from a hard drive shortage caused by major flooding in Thailand, with one-fourth of the world's HDDs originating from the flood-ravaged nation.

The floods have shutdown more than 14,000 factories and forced at least 660,000 people out of work -- and has also severely damaged an already fragile global PC industry.  Thailand remains the No. 2 maker of HDDs commonly used in PCs, notebooks and servers -- with hard drive manufacturers already suffering from lower demand for PCs and peripherals.  

Both Western Digital and Seagate have warned of shortages because of supply issues, while Apple and other computer makers also confirm storage problems.

Earlier in the month, WD confirmed it was going to extend the suspension of Thai facility operations, due to manufacturing facilities being flooded.  Even with manufacturing facilities still functional in the United States, Singapore and Malaysia, flooding "will have significant impact on the company's overall operations and its ability to meet customer demand" for the rest of 2011.

Even worse for WD, CEO John Coyne predicts a 60% quarter revenue decline from the same period last year, as the company looks to rebound as fast as possible.

Seagate's Thai production has not been hit as hard, but the US hard drive maker is expected to have a difficult time finding parts for its products.

Some companies are trying to shift manufacturing from Thailand to other facilities, and all of them must rebuild and assist their employees.  Seyyon Semiconductor expects it to take at least one year for the Thai tech industry to fully recover, with the industry to remain volatile.

The Thai government has confirmed their efforts at draining floodwater has been more successful, while Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned residents to be prepared for increased flooding.

Source: CRN

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This explains things
By FITCamaro on 10/24/2011 7:57:43 AM , Rating: 2
Such as why I can only buy one of a certain type of hard drive on newegg. And why prices are higher.

Guess I'll wait until things calm down a little before I look at building my HTPC.

RE: This explains things
By Mitch101 on 10/24/2011 9:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
I just cleaned out a bunch of data but Im hoping I can hold out for the high sodium drives.

RE: This explains things
By MrTeal on 10/24/2011 12:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
They just announced the results of lab experiments showing the effectiveness of using salt to increase storage density, and you're already thinking about waiting for a shipping product? Those won't be on the market for 5 years or more, if they ever see the light of day.

RE: This explains things
By Mitch101 on 10/24/2011 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
It should be relatively fast. Chemical grade table salt was added to the developer solution on an existing process to make cleaner nano structures. Basically it is poor nano structuring in the existing process that is the current barrier.

RE: This explains things
By Motoman on 10/24/2011 10:00:06 AM , Rating: 1
I was at Micro Center the other day and saw a sign to that I know why.

RE: This explains things
By Omega215D on 10/24/2011 11:48:25 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, I was there 3 days ago, saw a sign saying only 1 hard driver per household or something along those lines and asked about it. The guy stated that there was a flood at the manufacturing plants, which at the time, was news to me as none of the tech outlets mentioned it until today.

It's a good to know stores with knowledgeable sales reps still exist.

RE: This explains things
By Omega215D on 10/25/2011 6:46:14 PM , Rating: 1
WTF? is some piece of crap best buy employee or fry's fanboy lurking like an asshole?

RE: This explains things
By michael67 on 10/25/2011 6:31:33 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you wane put a HDD in your HTPC, if you can buy a 60GB SSD for $70, and have your HTPC reacting fast, but above all being silent!

I use my old 30GB Vertex 1 in my HTPC its all the storage i need, for all other storage i use the server, as Gbit network is almost as fast as the HDD the data is standing on.

And use a cheap Windows Home Server for storage

Xigmatek ASGARD II Black $29.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 $44.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $34.99
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX $69.99
Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz $56.99
Subtotal: $236.95

This is ex HDDs or a raid controller, if one feels the need for one, as replacement for Drive Extender that has been dropped.
Intresting controller: HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL 8x SAS Now: $139.99
Supports: Online Capacity Expansion & Online RAID Level Migration!

Note about CPU power consumption: you can basically use any SB CPU as they all use withing 5W the same idle/download power drain, but you can with a i7 2600K easily do video (re)encoding, and leave you gaming rig free to do gaming when ever you want.

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